Stephen Covey provided what was to become a hugely used leadership quote when he stated, “First seek to understand…” and in our line of work, at Shirley Parsons we believe that understanding starts with you.

Our mission is to be your career agent – a partner who understands you and who can work with you as you make crucial career decisions.   Whether active or passive in the job market, we work with you to understand your strengths, your motivations, and the environments in which you perform best.  This enables us to be there for you when you need us, offering advice and market insights at key junctures in your career, not just when being represented by us.

Shirley Parsons (the person) is a respected HSEQ industry veteran.   Having established one of Europe’s leading EHS consulting companies (Sypol) she became one of the sector’s best known names and her network of people in the HSEQ is unrivalled.  In 2005 Shirley decided to move from professional EHS consulting into Career consulting in the HSEQ sector.  She founded Shirley Parsons as a Professional Talent Practice, providing Executive search and recruiting services for HSEQ professionals.

Over the years Shirley has coached and developed her teams (presently over 30 people) in the UK and USA, many of whom have progressed to executive search consultant and career advisor.  If you are an HSEQ leader, be it at board level or reporting to board, then we’d like to talk. Regardless of your immediate or not-so-immediate career aspirations, it makes sense to have an exploratory meeting to see if and how we can help.  A positive outcome from this initial activity means that we can progress to be a multi faceted career agent – a source of market intelligence, career advice and job opportunities.

Our network of HSEQ leaders is already substantial, though never complete.  Please contact us to find out how we can add value to your career in more ways that just finding your next position for you. Many people have been part of our network in one form or another for over 30 years, we’d be happy to introduce you and let them explain that value we can add.

Reach us at or call Liam Tiddy or Rachel Corbett on 01296 611 306.